My ants aren´t eating :(

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JustSebas17
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My ants aren´t eating :(

Post: # 85230Post JustSebas17
Sat Nov 20, 2021 7:31 pm

My ant colony stopped eating yesterday, I give them a dead, frozen, small cockroach (The size of an ant) every day, mostly because they are easy to kill, capture and find, they are really abundant here where I live, Mexico; Anyway,They are not eating it, they leave the cockroach without a bite and they don't seem intereseted of eating it:They are a Solenopsis Invicta colony and they constatly forage ignoring the cockroach,What should I do :!: ?

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Re: My ants aren´t eating :(

Post: # 85244Post Antloverhuman
Sat Nov 20, 2021 11:43 pm

They are probably bored of getting the same food over and over again. Try giving them soft boiled eggs and see if they like it.
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Re: My ants aren´t eating :(

Post: # 85335Post AM1C39
Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:30 am

It could also have to do with the fact that they might be going into hibernation.
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Re: My ants aren´t eating :(

Post: # 85339Post JustSebas17
Mon Nov 22, 2021 9:45 pm

AM1C39 wrote:
Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:30 am
It could also have to do with the fact that they might be going into hibernation.
I do not think that is that, They are solenopsis invicta and according to what I have read they do not go into hibernation, although it is also an option, I do not know much about ants due to inexperience since I am starting in this hobby and it is my first colony.

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Re: My ants aren´t eating :(

Post: # 85366Post AntsLuxembourg
Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:53 am

maybe they prefer a good fight. Meaning that it should at the very least still twitch a little. Maybe cut the next one up.
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Re: My ants aren´t eating :(

Post: # 85384Post antnest8
Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:11 am

JustSebas17 wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 7:31 pm
My ant colony stopped eating yesterday, I give them a dead, frozen, small cockroach (The size of an ant) every day, mostly because they are easy to kill, capture and find, they are really abundant here where I live, Mexico; Anyway,They are not eating it, they leave the cockroach without a bite and they don't seem intereseted of eating it:They are a Solenopsis Invicta colony and they constatly forage ignoring the cockroach,What should I do :!: ?
Everyday? How big is your colony?

Ants won't overeat and when overfed they will leave their food alone. If your colony is on the smaller side, every day might be too much.
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Re: My ants aren´t eating :(

Post: # 85436Post Hobermallow
Thu Nov 25, 2021 11:21 am

AM1C39 wrote:
Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:30 am
It could also have to do with the fact that they might be going into hibernation.
Hey AM1C39 - I tried responding to your DM but the forum hasn't enabled my DM's yet. Here's my discord link. You can add me here and we can keep the convo going: Matthew Diteljan#8529

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